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Col Michael Finn, Deputy Director of Air & Cyberspace Ops and CIO, HQ PACAF

Col Michael Finn, Deputy Director of Air & Cyberspace Ops and CIO, HQ PACAF

AFCEA Hawaii welcomed COL Michael Finn, II, Director of Communications and CIO, HQ PACAF. He discussed the merger of Command & Control and Cyber Operations. This merger facilitates mission assurance and is the path to information dominance and protection in cyber space.

Gratitude and thanks to outgoing chapter directors and officers; Cynthia Pacheco, Chairman; Tim Freeman, Director; Donna Russell, Director; Cory Lindo, President; James Muller, Executive VP; Craig Chang, Treasurer; COL Jeff Davis, USMC, VP for Awards; Daena Lee, VP for Publicity; and MAJ Joe Watson, USAF, VP for Young AFCEANs Government.

Warmest welcome to incoming directors and officers: Cory Lindo, Chairman; ADM Dick Macke, Director; Jeff Bloom, Director; Brenda Gregory, Director; James Muller, Director and President; LT COL Callistus Elbourne, USAF, Executive VP; Christine Lanning/Captain Kimber Nettis USAF, Treasurer; MAJ Donald Barnes, G-6 MARFORPAC, VP for Awards; Gloria Cohen Shomo, VP for Public Relations; CPT Michael Nettis/Rhett Begley, VP for Young AFCEANs Government.

We were pleased to recognize this month’s well-deserving awardees:

AFCEA Students of the Month:

St Francis High School: Kami Yamamoto

Kami Yamamoto is a diligent student who has a real fascination for all things math and science. She has an inquisitive mind and is driven to understand the most difficult of topics. She is planning on pursuing cultural anthropology as a major and has several options for college in mind. Her first choice is Boston University.

Aiea High School: Keane Kouchi

Keane is currently a senior at Aiea High School and the Cadet Corps Commander for Air Force JROTC. He oversees a unit of 145 cadets. He currently has a 3.67 GPA and has excelled in trigonometry and physics. He has already enlisted with the Army National Guard as a Calvary Scout and plans on attending Charmanade College in the fall to study Criminal Justice. He is directly responsible for turning around a mediocre JROTC program into an award-winning JROTC unit that is exceeding standards in all facets. Keane is a strong leader and exhibits the Air Force value of Integrity First.

Young AFCEAN of the Month: MSgt Jon Douglas, DISA PAC

Master Sergeant Jon M. Douglas serves as a Network Assurance Watch Officer, Network Assurance Branch, Defense Information Systems Agency Pacific. He provides critical Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN) systems planning and engineering assistance during the design, installation, operation and maintenance of the Combined/Coalition Forces or Joint Task Force (CTF/JTF) satellite communications, voice switching and data network. He deploys in support of CTF/JTF as a liaison officer. This position coordinates DoDIN support and planning for all CINCPAC contingencies and exercise operations. Sergeant Douglas is originally from Vinita, OK, and entered the Air Force in December 1998. His previous assignments include bases in North Carolina, Hawaii and Texas. He has deployed three times in support of IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN.

Executive of the Month: Garret Yoshimi VP for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, University of Hawaii

As the University of Hawai‘i’s Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (VPIT/CIO), Garret Yoshimi is responsible for system-wide information technology systems and services. Yoshimi provides executive leadership in collaboratively setting forth the overall vision, goals, strategies and plans for the effective and appropriate use of information technologies to advance the UH System.

Mr. Yoshimi joined UH in January 2015. Prior to serving as UH VPIT/CIO, he was vice president and chief operating officer for eWorld Enterprise Solutions. He brings to the university more than 35 years of experience in information technology in both the public and private sectors in Hawai‘i. He has served as the first CIO for the Hawai‘i Judiciary, senior technology executive for the East-West Center and CIO for DTRIC Insurance.

Mr. Yoshimi also previously served as telecommunications manager before being promoted to director of technology infrastructure for the University of Hawai‘i. He actively represented the University of Hawai‘i in state and national venues as a member of EDUCAUSE, Internet2 and the Association for College and University Technology Advancement, which awarded him the Bill D. Morris award for individual leadership.

A native of Honolulu, Mr. Yoshimi earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and a graduate certificate in telecommunications and information resource management from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

Senior Government Leader: Mark Wong, CIO/Director of Information Technology, City & County of Honolulu

Mr. Wong was named the director of information technology by Mayor Kirk Caldwell in 2013. Mark Wong began his IT career almost four decades ago as a mainframe programmer/analyst with Yale University. In 1981 he started a consulting business specializing in Unix and TCP/IP, and incorporated it in 1986 as Commercial Data Systems. Mr. Wong served as CEO of CDS for over two decades, growing the company into Hawaii’s largest local IT company. In 2012, with revenues of almost $90 million, CDS was acquired by Technology Integration Group of San Diego. Since May 2013, Mr. Wong has been serving as CIO of the City and County of Honolulu, and has been leading a major transformation of IT within the City. Mr. Wong is also a proud graduate of Iolani School.

February Senior Government Leader of the Month:   Ms Linda Newton, PACFLT N6

Ms. Linda A. Newton assumed duties as the Director for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) and Command Information Officer (CIO), U.S. Pacific Fleet in October 2002. As the N6, Ms. Newton is responsible for ensuring operational C4I capability for all afloat and ashore commands in the Pacific Fleet. As the CIO, she is actively engaged in strategic C4I and Information Technology (IT) initiatives within the Department of the Navy, the U.S. Pacific Command and the Pacific Fleet.

Ms. Newton was selected for appointment to the Senior Executive Service (SES) in June 1997.

She began her federal career in 1983 as a Presidential Management Intern based at the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). Developmental assignments included details in the NAVSEA operations and shipbuilding budget offices, the Navy Comptroller’s Office, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Senate Appropriations Committee, Defense Subcommittee. Ms. Newton moved to the Navy Comptroller’s Office in March 1988. Ms. Newton assumed the position of Deputy Fleet Comptroller for the Pacific Fleet in August 1993. From June 1997 through October 2002, she served as the Executive Director for Planning and Resources.

Ms. Newton is a graduate of the Navy’s Executive Business Courses from Babson College and the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. Ms. Newton also completed an executive leadership program at Stanford/Harvard Graduate Business School Executive Education Program, the DOD National Security Leadership Course at Syracuse University, the Navy’s Revolution in Business Practices Course from Naval Postgraduate School, and the Naval War College Off-Campus Program. Ms. Newton graduated with a bachelor’s of arts degree from Loyola Marymount University and a master’s of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Ms. Newton has received numerous performance and special awards over her career. She has been awarded the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award, the Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award and the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award.